In just 30 days, Whole 30 promises to not only leave you with a refreshed palette but also a new way to think about what you eat. The simple steps? Cutting out dairy, grains, sugar and alcohol.
Back in February Kyle and I did Whole 30. And although the experience was no easy feat, I did learn a few valuable things along the way.
Going cold turkey on your regular eating routine is not as easy as it may sound. For the first few days I felt great–I had lots of people encouraging me and the change of food did not phase me. However by the end of the week, all of my meals started to seem as though they were tasteless. I was ready to give up. Pushing forward into the next week, Kyle and I found new recipes and adapted our current favourite recipes to better suit our tasting. After that, things started to get a bit simpler. But one thing that was key to the continuing of the process was to never leave the house without snacks.
You never know when a random craving will set it. And it is not so easy to sneak off for lunch to just pick something up when you need to read every ingredient that is in your meal. I know, it sounds a tad bit hard core but it was all part of the process. Some of my favourite snacks include: dried apricots, almonds and blueberry bowls (a combination of blueberries, coconut cream and cinnamon).
Going into Whole 30, I knew I needed a reset in my diet. It was after the holidays and all I’d eaten for the past couple months was what I want whenever I want. My mood was more sluggish and I could see my diet reflecting in my everyday. After 30 days of eating whole foods, I could see a dramatic boost in my energy. The continual bloating I always had was gone. But now that I could eat whatever I wanted again, what were going to be the next steps? Was I going to throw away this progress?
Having Kyle as my support was so key at this point. We decided together that we would make a plan moving forward that with our eating habits, we’d eat what was good for our bodies. That doesn’t mean we now don’t have a glass of wine on weekends or indulge in a dessert on birthdays. This just means we do things in moderation. After Whole 30 was complete, we slowly started to introduce things back into our diet. We found out what made us feel good and what left us feeling not so good.
I would recommend doing Whole 30 for anyone that is looking for a restart in their diet. Some key things I would suggest are 1) finding someone you can do it with/be your support when you are ready to quit, 2) do it for the right reasons and 3) plan your meals ahead. Whole 30 is not a diet to drop a bunch of pounds, its a change in your eating mindset.
If you have any further questions about my Whole 30 process, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me.